Bible: Luke 2:1-14

The Census and the Birth of Jesus

2:1 Now 1  in those days a decree 2  went out from Caesar 3  Augustus 4  to register 5  all the empire 6  for taxes. 2:2 This was the first registration, taken when Quirinius was governor 7  of Syria. 2:3 Everyone 8  went to his own town 9  to be registered. 2:4 So 10  Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth 11  in Galilee to Judea, to the city 12  of David called Bethlehem, 13  because he was of the house 14  and family line 15  of David. 2:5 He went 16  to be registered with Mary, who was promised in marriage to him, 17  and who was expecting a child. 2:6 While 18  they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 19  2:7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in strips of cloth 20  and laid him in a manger, 21  because there was no place for them in the inn. 22 

The Shepherds’ Visit

2:8 Now 23  there were shepherds 24  nearby 25  living out in the field, keeping guard 26  over their flock at night. 2:9 An 27  angel of the Lord 28  appeared to 29  them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were absolutely terrified. 30  2:10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! Listen carefully, 31  for I proclaim to you good news 32  that brings great joy to all the people: 2:11 Today 33  your Savior is born in the city 34  of David. 35  He is Christ 36  the Lord. 2:12 This 37  will be a sign 38  for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.” 39  2:13 Suddenly 40  a vast, heavenly army 41  appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

2:14Glory 42  to God in the highest,

and on earth peace among people 43  with whom he is pleased! 44 

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